Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Quote of the Week

As I was walking home last night, I overheard a snippet of conversation from another group of students:
"You guys, I finally figured out what I am going to do with my life. I am going to be a mortgage broker."
I chuckled to myself because I have made many such statements over the course of my college career, and indeed throughout my life.

Age 8: I wanted to be a teacher
Age 12: I wanted to be a lawyer
Age 16: I wanted to be a mediator for family and divorce cases
Age 18: I wanted to be a counselor
Age 19: I wanted to be a therapist who specialized in sex and sexuality issues
Age 20: I wanted being a diabetes educator
Age 21: I wanted to be a college professor (specifically one who lectures while sitting on a table in the front of the room like all the cool profs in the movies)

And now that I am graduating? I want a job that I don't hate that will give me health benefits.

And eventually I want to go to graduate school, but definitely not now, and maybe not even a year from now. I want to find a grad school where I can study what I want to, but also one that is in the Bay Area.

And I want to infiltrate a video game company and start a covert operation in order to improve representations of women in games. And I want to teach, either full time or part time. And I want to find somebody to fund the crazy web project ideas I have floating around in my head. And I want to work with Zeph on the crazy web project ideas floating around in his head. And maybe I want to do a combination of some or all of these things.

For once, I am fine with not knowing where the hell things are headed. Life will work itself out. That having been said, the next person who asks me what I am going to do when I graduate is getting a punch in the nose.


Blogger sfdrummer said...

The perspective of someone with experience (52 years of it) would be that you should aim to work at something about which you are passionate -- something that makes you want to bound out of bed in the morning because you can't wait to rush off to work. A person with your capabilities and talents has unlimited options, so there is no excuse not to pursue your passions. If you settle for a job you "don't hate," you'll be compromised for the rest of your life. Settle later, if you must, when your alternatives diminish. But for now, the world is your oyster. Don't worry about anyone else's expactations. Just seize the day, my talented niece!

-- your loving aunt Paula

March 06, 2008 8:16 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Just to clarify, the job that I don't hate is meant to be temporary. Of course I would love a job I am passionate about, but right now the emphasis is definitely on the health benefits. Passion is great, but not if I can't afford my insulin. :-)

March 06, 2008 9:09 AM  
Blogger lissle said...

yo sara- haha i can picture you "chuckling to yourself". now tell me, how do you get the flickr thing on your blog?

March 07, 2008 7:58 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

It's easy to chuckle at freshmen (silly freshmen!). :-)

Remind me on Tuesday and I will show you the flickr widget. I know how to create the widget, but adding it to your blog depends on what version of blogger you are using.

March 07, 2008 8:54 AM  
Blogger Ivan Chew said...

Your aunt gives wise words!

June 03, 2008 8:24 AM  

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